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Overview The corporate time-management guru shows readers how to get the job done efficiently in a world of technology glitches, constant interruptions, and fuzzy goals, sharing advice on how to reassess goals, plan projects, cope with change, and more. Reprint.
In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In "Getting Things Done," veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In "Getting Things Done" Allen shows how to: Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to emptyReassess goals and stay focused in changing situationsPlan projects as well as get them unstuckOvercome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmedFeel fine about what you're not doing
From core principles to proven tricks, "Getting Things Done" can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 0142000280 ISBN13 9780142000281 UPC 051488014003
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More About David Allen
David Allen is president of The David Allen Company and has more than twenty years experience as a consultant and executive coach for such organizations as Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, L.L.Bean, and the World Bank. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, O, and many other publications.
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Best of the best in time management Jun 13, 2008
This book could also be titled "The quintaessence of time management". Im usually very skeptical of self help books, but I trusted the person who recommended it to me. If you read it carefully, it explains to you the root cause of procrastination and how to fight it. Particularly the "two minute rule" changed the way I do things. Now I have my room clean most of the time. The book is not perfect. I think its filled with many unnecessary content, but I found this book so useful and inspiring that its a minor detail for me. You can really feel the author's enthusiasm about his mission of changing the readers life. Give it a shot. The time and money youll invest in this book youll likely get recovered soon.
Sounds Good on Paper Jun 10, 2008
This was a well written book with some excellent points on item management. However, I think his system falls short in an electronic age where information flow is much greater than in the past. I have even used his Outlook plug-in to try and implement his system electronically, but it becomes too combersome over a simple traditional filing methodology.
He disdains master to-do lists because nothing ever gets done according to him. As a business consultant working on 5-6 projects at a time I have found it is quite necessary to have master to-do lists in order to prioritize major milestones/tasks from different projects. I found more overhead trying to use his system when managing many projects.
I do agree on some major points in his book. Writing down everything you have to do, does in fact help relieve stress/worry. I think his system probably works best for individuals working on single threaded projects or departments within a single company. I recommend this book, even if you don't use his system.
It is about more than just "Getting Things Done" Jun 9, 2008
What a pleasant surprise this book was. Yes, it is about getting things done in business and also in one's personal life without being stressed, but there is also a strong spiritual quality to the way it is explained. David Allen has a way with words that goes deeper than just providing information in a "matter of fact" way. It all makes a lot of sense and is easy to follow without having to be familiar with anything else that's been written about the subject. I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to de-clutter all areas of his/her life.
challenging May 30, 2008
The book presents the substance of David Allen's approach to personal productivity. There are lots of sound principles delivered in an undogmatic way. I'm still on my initial read but it'll take a lot of work to fully apply the system. I'm confident nonetheless that the investment in time and effort will pay off.
I wish I hadn't wasted my money May 28, 2008
I just finished listening to the audio book, "The 4 Hour Work Week," which was an amazing book. Maybe that's why when I began listening to this book, I had a hard time staying awake. I kept asking myself, when is this guy going to get to the point? Why doesn't he just come out and say it? Stop worring about sounding educated and teach me something.
To be honest, I could not listen to the entire book. Maybe there are some good things in there, but I had heard enough to know I wasn't going to waste any more of my time. I am currently listening to "The 4 hour work week" again.